Lily May Humphreys insists she’s fired up for tomorrow’s English Women’s Amateur Championship final against a battling Emily Price.
Humphreys and Price will go for glory over 36 holes of match play at Woodhall Spa Golf Club in Lincolnshire after both women fought their way through two rounds of energy-sapping matches on the hottest day of the year.
For Shropshire’s Price, the final is a chance to add another England Golf title to her CV after she lifted the 2016 English Women’s Stroke Play champion as a 16-year-old.
Humphreys (pictured above) is hoping to atone for the disappointment of losing last year’s amateur championship final at the first extra play-off hole to Ellen Hume and win this event for a second time after initial success in 2017.
Indeed, Humphreys has confessed that the memory of last year’s defeat still rankles and will act as something of an inspiration going into what could be a classic encounter with the talented and gutsy Price.
The Essex golfer said: “It feels pretty good, I’m here to get my own back on this championship after losing in the play off last year. At least I’ve got to the final to try and win it and I’m pretty excited about it.
“It gives you a bit of fire, it’s like, well, I was was annoyed I nearly got there so it’s a case of let’s see if I can do it this year.
“It was tough with the weather especially when I finished my first game when I was meant to be teeing off again. I had 20 minutes between times for some lunch. This afternoon my feet were aching so much, but I got through it.
“I’d now like to win this as a match play event. When I won it in 2017 it was stroke play. It was tough to win against a whole field rather than one person. It would be nice to win it as both.
“But Emily has been playing really well and I know her from past England teams and she has been doing well at Uni.
“It will be a tough match.”
On a draining Friday for the players, Humphreys battled through a tough quarter-final against Surrey’s Lottie Woad to win at the 20th hole.
After a brief, 20-minute turnaround she took on Rosie Belsham – a conqueror of defending champion Hume – in the semi-final.
A 2&1 victory against the England girls’ international booked her book a place in the final where, mercifully, the weather promises to be a little kinder for the competitors.
Today, the mercury touched 33 degrees centigrade with umbrellas being used as parasols and players facing a tough challenge to stay hydrated.
Price – a student at Kent State University – proved her qualities in the stroke play qualifying and then her competitive instincts in the match play.
Firstly, she edged out Amelia Williamson by a 2&1 margin in the quarters before winning the final two holes to pip an on-form Thalia Kirby in the semis.
It all adds up to a potentially thrilling final between two of England’s most talented players but also women with a real competitive edge.
Price (pictured above) is looking forward to a great contest against a player she knows well.
She said: “Lily is always tough to play against for sure. She’s had a great week. It’ll be tough, but I’m ready for the battle and we should have fun together.
“I’m very, very happy. It was a hard game against Thalia in the heat and she’s a great player to play against.
“I’m excited for the final.”
For details of the Friday matches as well as videos, images and live scoring please visit the England Golf amateur championships homepage.